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An Exploratory Analysis of Expert and Nonexpert-Based Land-Scape Aesthetics Evaluations: A Case Study from Wales

School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
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Land 2021, 10(2), 192; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10020192
Received: 15 January 2021 / Revised: 9 February 2021 / Accepted: 9 February 2021 / Published: 13 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Land Planning and Architecture)
The debate over the conceptual constructs of landscape aesthetics, specifically whether landscape quality is inherently related to landscape physical characteristics or is subjectively “in the eye of the beholder,” has continued for years. Solutions accommodating both the biophysical and perceptual aspects of landscapes are thus desirable for landscape planners and policymakers. In response to policy shifts that emphasise both expert and public landscape perspectives, this study investigates the relationships between formal and informal landscape evaluations. It analyses crowdsourced data describing landscape aesthetic quality (Scenic-Or-Not) and authoritative landscape quality assessments (the Landscape Assessment Decision Making Process (LANDMAP) of Wales). Some agreement was found regarding landforms most likely to be perceived as scenic or unattractive by experts and non-experts, which aligns with previous landscape perception studies. However, contested landscape typologies are identified formal and informal landscape aesthetic evaluations are compared. Several limitations and implications for current formal landscape assessment paradigms (GIS based and vertical) are discussed and several approaches for capturing on-the-ground perceptions are suggested including recent extensions to GIS derived viewsheds (e.g., vertical voxel viewsheds). View Full-Text
Keywords: landscape character assessments; crowdsourcing; Scenic-Or-Not landscape character assessments; crowdsourcing; Scenic-Or-Not
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Chang Chien, Y.-M.; Carver, S.; Comber, A. An Exploratory Analysis of Expert and Nonexpert-Based Land-Scape Aesthetics Evaluations: A Case Study from Wales. Land 2021, 10, 192. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10020192

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Chang Chien Y-M, Carver S, Comber A. An Exploratory Analysis of Expert and Nonexpert-Based Land-Scape Aesthetics Evaluations: A Case Study from Wales. Land. 2021; 10(2):192. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10020192

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Chang Chien, Yi-Min, Steve Carver, and Alexis Comber. 2021. "An Exploratory Analysis of Expert and Nonexpert-Based Land-Scape Aesthetics Evaluations: A Case Study from Wales" Land 10, no. 2: 192. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10020192

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